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e-Hadashot (
חדשות) Weekly Newsletter

March 17, 2021 | 4 Nisan 5781 - ניסן
Shabbat Candle Lighting 7:30 pm | Havdalah 8:19 pm
Parashat Vayikra 5781 | פרשת וַיִּקְרָא

Spiritual Leader:
Rabbi Lauren Henderson


In the Week Ahead

The office is open so long as it is safe for the staff to be here.
We have made plans for remote access if we need to work from home.
Or Hadash will continue to Zoom all services, classes, life-cycle events,
and meetings for the foreseeable future. We will be guided by advice from the CDC, NIH
and other science and health experts for when it will be safe to change these plans. 

We are here to answer your questions

Gail Duner, President
Jason Parker, Interim Executive Director
Rabbi Lauren Henderson

Passover at COH: Fill your Cup!

Congregational Highlights
Ongoing Programming Open to the Public and linked on Homepage:
Shabbat Services | Tuesday Minyan | Torah in the Woods | Sunday Minyan

Men's Club Event...“Breaking the News”
7:00 pm, Sunday, March 21 | After a grueling year of unprecedented challenges and intense pressure, four of America’s most well-respected local journalists will discuss how they broke some of the biggest stories of their careers. The event link is password protected. Read more


One Prayer Deep Dive: A Siddur Book Club
8:00 am Tuesday, March 23 (follows Minyan and is password protected)
If you’ve ever sat in services and wished that you could better understand just one prayer at a time before moving onto the next one, this class is for you! Led by Rabbi Lauren, we’ll gather on Zoom to journey prayer-by-prayer through the morning service, looking at just one prayer a week (and occasionally, over multiple weeks). No Hebrew knowledge or prayer expertise required... just bring your questions, curiosity, and a siddur/prayerbook if you have one (we’ll also be sharing text on screen for those who don’t have a siddur at home).

What's Hot and What's Not... In Israel
11:45 am Wednesday, March 24, April 7 | Join Rabbi Mario Karpuj on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, from Israel! This formally onsite event is now being conducted via Zoom platform continuing the same informal, and always lively, discussion about current events happening in and about Israel. The Zoom connection will be on our website's homepage along with any study materials provided.

Daytime Book Club
1:30 pm Wednesday, March 24 (the link is password protected) | 'Lite' reading, perfect for anyone home during the day who loves to read, talk, and share a laugh or two. All members are invited to join... walk-ins (Zoom-ins) are welcomed. Books are chosen and discussion is led by participants on Zoom platform. For more information about this book club, contact Harriet Kaminsky ( or Hanora Rosen ( Review this month's selection.

Or Nashim Zoom Event
7:30 pm Sunday, April 12 (the link is password protected) | All women and daughters of Or Hadash are invited! Click the link and join us in observing Rosh Chodesh Iyar.


COH Book Club: Wonderful Books and Thought Provoking Discussion
7:00 pm Wednesday, April 21 (the link is password protected) | View Book Selections
This season, our book club members have chosen their own books. All meetings will be conducted via Zoom platform (link will be posted to the homepage) and airs monthly on the second Wednesday (unless otherwise noted). For additional information about this club, please contact Cheryl Hecht @

Focus -  Healthcare Ethics: Responding to the Many Faces of Suffering. Among the exhaustive list of professionals presenting in this year's virtual conference (March 17-18) is Rabbi Dr. Analia Bortz who will speak on the Religious Perspectives of Suffering. Click here for complete information and to RSVP.

Wednesdays @ 8PM: 2/24, 3/2, 3/3, 3/9, 3/10, 3/16, 3/17, 3/23

        Thru March
        SCHOLARSTREAM Presents:


Jews and Power: From Biblical to Modern Times...
Join JTS scholars as they discuss money, allegations, rebels, and power dynamics. Peggy Freedman will host a follow-up discussion after the formal sessions. Click here for details and to register.

ShinshiNews Ha'aretz with Yuval Lapidoth

Hello! My name is Yuval and I am the new Shinshin!
I am excited to be here, eager to meet you (hopefully in person as soon as possible), and proud to announce a new corner in e-Hadashot: ShinshiNews Ha'aretz! Regularly, a new edition about Israeli life, culture, politics, initiatives, and more will be released with e-Hadashot, and you are invited to a journey of wondering, asking, and understanding what's happening in Israel and how we all take a part in it.

Read this week's ShinshiNews | Next Week!

If you have any questions or requests for next week's ShinshiNews Ha'aretz (or in general) you are more than welcomed to email me:



Youth and Education Programming

Machon Hadash virtual classes are live and in session!
All registered students will receive their schedule of electives and Hebrew in the next 24 hours.
If you have questions about registration, please email Dr. Amy at

Machon Hadash Calendar 2020-2021

Registration is Ongoing
We are building a flexible, fun, wildly creative education program for your children this year. We will meet virtually, in the great outdoors, and eventually b’ezrat Hashem/with the help of G-d, in our beautiful building. Join us for a year like no other, and help spark Jewish love and curiosity in the next generation.

Mahon Hadash FAQs
As we embark upon an unusual year of learning, we are committed to keeping you informed about our plans. Whether your questions are about educational philosophy or logistics, we've got an answer! Click here for a listing of frequently asked questions.

Contact Dr. Amy to start receiving Machon Hadash Newsletter

Applications now being accepted:
JumpSpark - Atlanta Israel Gap Year Scholarships | March 31 deadline.

Upcoming B'nai Mitzvah
(Support our Kids! Active links point to B'nai Mitzvah Projects)
5/8 (at Home) Jake Shulman
5/15 Hannah Higgins
8/21 Molly Buchalter

What's your passion?
(Click logo or contact Scott Allen
for more information.)

Birthdays | March 17 - 23

Janette Berne
Deborah Woodsfellow
Eliana Kovitch Thropp

Rachael Goldberg
Asher Rosenbaum

Laura Broyles
Jay Lukowski
Myrna Rubel

Heather Blank
Randall Schiff
Mitchell Frank
Cindy Tracy

Gary Snyder
Jaron Kossman

Tasha Biron
Gail Seidman
Daniel Brown
Mindy Binderman
Ronald Scheinzeit

Gregory J. Kirsch
Rebecca Friedman
Donna Freedman

Yahrzeits | March 20 - 26

Florence Epstein, Mother of David Epstein
Peter J. Schmeidler, Father of Susan Blum

Alvin Raphael
, Father of David Raphael

Freda Kurgan, Mother of Ada Gelb and Grandmother of Mia Kurgan Atkins
Willie James Coffee, Father of Regina Coffee

Marty Lippman, Husband of Carolyn Lippman
Fritzi Schmeidler, Grandmother of Susan Blum
Evita Broitman Ludner, Mother of Rosi Fiedotin


Names in blue denote Memorial Brick in the sanctuary.
Click here to find out how to purchase a Memorial Brick for your loved one.
How will you assure Jewish tomorrows? Click here to learn about LIFE & LEGACY.

March 9 - 15

Adult Education Fund
In Appreciation of Torah in the Woods
Sheila and Michael Dalmat

In Appreciation of Torah in the Woods
and Dr. Amy Robertson
Cathy Jacobson

Chesed Fund
In Memory of Mary Zakheim Ginsberg
The Gotlins

General Fund
In Memory of Anne Norris
Emily Rome

In Memory of Mary Zakheim Ginsberg
Gloria Goldberg
Dorothy and Albert Krafcheck

Music Fund
In Appreciation of Luna Manela
Sheila and Michael Dalmat

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
In Honor of Rabbi Lauren Henderson
Malia Crane

In Appreciation of Rabbi Lauren Henderson
Judith Allen
Patty and Howard Maziar

Click here to honor or memorialize a loved one
with your tax-deductible donation to Congregation Or Hadash.


Jewish Atlanta

Click the links below to read what's happening within our community and the Greater Atlanta area.
Stay updated on community involvement during the days of COVID-19 with

Re-Discovering the Land of Israel: Free Virtual Tour Sundays: 3/21, 4/25, 5/23, 6/6 & 6/27 (RSVP)
The Fall of Liberal Zionism (3/23) RSVP
Dare to Create a More Perfect Union. Sherry Frank will be honored (3/25-RSVP)
JumpSpark: Atlanta Israel Gap Year Scholarships | March 31 deadline.
Yom Hashoah | "Unto Every Person There Is a Name" (4/8-RSVP)
JScreen | Genetic Testing Just Got Easy (Testing discount code available)
JELF [Jewish Educational Loan Fund] Register for fall and spring/summer semester(s)
Etgar 36 -- Take a Road Trip/Learn more
Jewish Federation Resources
Inside Jewish Atlanta 
Israel in the News
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